The German BZSt (Tax Office) has published an Infobrief to address some final matters before the start of this year’s FATCA filing season.
The BZSt online portal will be available for FATCA transmittals beginning on June 19. Both mass data interface (ELMA) and manual data entry will be operational from this date forward. However, the portal will not provide processing protocols until June 28. The ELMA mass data interface test environment is still available independently of the production environment.
BZSt has also made certain modifications and revisions to the FATCA Communication Manual, Processing Protocols, and Data Schema, which will be effective for this filing season.